Arun Lal looks forward to some changes in players association with Lodha Committee on board ©AFP
Arun Lal looks forward to some changes in players association with Lodha Committee on board ©AFP

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has pretty much been the decision makers and the players have not had a say in any of the matters until now. But with the Lodha Committee coming in place, the players can soon express their views and will be prominent in the coming days, says former Indian cricketer Arun Lal. “It is a very healthy development. Like all the other recommendations, I am sure this will also help Indian cricket in moving forward,” Arun Lal, who was the secretary of the now defunct Indian Professional Cricketers’ Association (IPCA), which was formed in 2002, told Times of India. ALSO READ: BCCI to call SGM to discuss Lodha Panel recommendations

The IPCA was formed just ahead of the Champions Trophy in 2002, when controversy over ambush marketing was growing large over Indian cricket. The formation of the association in Kolkata was a widely-followed event, but it hardly took off after that. Once the ambush marketing issue was resolved and the BCCI agreed to compensate the players for any losses suffered, the buzz around the association left out. Lal feels the biggest reason behind the failure of the earlier association was the “fear factor among the players”. “I feel the players won’t be scared of voicing their opinion if this association finally takes off,” the former India and Bengal opener said. ALSO READ: Lodha Committee recommendations to Supreme Court on Indian cricket: All you need to know

The Lodha panel has recommended that an apex council will run the BCCI and it comprise of nine members – two being representatives of players association. “That’s quite significant in the context of Indian cricket. The game is about the players and there are players’ association all around the world. So it’s good for the game that the players will have a say in the running of the game in the country,” Lal added. Lodha has recommended that the association will be formed by a steering committee, headed by former home secretary G K Pillai, and comprising former captains Mohinder Amarnath and Anil Kumble along with former Indian women’s captain Diana Edulji. The association will include all those who have played firstclass cricket.